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Victim identified in drowning near Brainerd; sheriff warns of cold water

BRAINERD, Minn. -- The victim who died last Thursday, June 7, from an apparent drowning in Gilbert Lake just north of Brainerd was identified as Douglas Alan Larson, 66, of Brainerd and his death prompted a warning from the Crow Wing County sheriff about cold water yet in lakes..

Sheriff  Todd Dahl reported authorities found Larson’s vehicle and boat trailer at the lake access. His boat was found beached a short distance from the access to where Larson was found in the water.

Larson’s clothing, including his boots, was located on shore at the access, next to the water. Through the investigation, it appears Larson was in the process of launching his boat when it apparently drifted away, the sheriff’s office reported. Indications are Larson undressed in an attempt to enter the water and retrieve his boat.

In a news release, Dahl reminded everyone to use good recreational water and boating safety, and seriously consider all of the risks before entering the water. Although the weather is becoming warmer, the water temperature is still somewhat cold and can affect the time in the water.

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